I really like my Insta grid. It is clean and concise. I post a video on Sunday late afternoon/early evening. I post a quote from my blog during the week. Underneath my profile picture is a link to my blog. If I am scrolling through Insta and I want to share something, I share it to stories and it lives there for 24 hours. I can capture my stories and organize them into categories. I’m not so great at this.

I love Half-Baked Harvest’s Insta account. I would like to organize my stories and create video on stories like she does. I assume Tieghan Gerard has a team of people who are part of her social media platform. Maybe not. I hear Ina Garten mention that she has been doing a lot, or all, of her posts by herself during this time of Covid

I like to blog for a lot of reasons. One reason is that I can reference people and assume the reader knows who I am talking about. Teighan and Ina. 

Sooooo, there’s that.

New topic.

Visual Working Memory.

This is the last post for February. If you were to go back to the first 2021 blog post in January, you would get an invitation to read my 2020 collection of posts in a downloadable digital book. Lucky you.

If you were to read the second post in January, you would be introduced to the vision for 2021 blog posts. Each month is themed after a skill I teach to children in a school setting, but flipped into a useful day-to-day self-care strategy for adults. 

February is Working Memory. WM. The keeper of a functional algorithm to support daily living. A useful function, or inner resource, to say the least.

WM is a tricky beat. WM can be set on autopilot. If you set your car on autopilot but are headed in the wrong direction, you may have a smooth ride but end up further away from your intended destination.


Here is a fun curiosity to consider: so many stories, so few patterns and emotional states.

True or False?

You ponder that, relevant to your experience of day.

Last week we got curious about an integrated Working Memory. An integrated WM is broad with a touch of possibility thrown in. The noticer of the integrated WM can get ahead by using this skillset, or inner resource, to move through anticipated cause and effect scenarios. This skillset supports sustainable growth results that build on themselves. You get off the hamster wheel.

Visual Working Memory. 

Painting a picture in your mind space of desired outcomes. Infusing desired outcomes with the essence of a sensory experience – what does the desired outcome look like? How detailed can you get? What does it sound like? What does it feel like? The vision creates an emotional state of possibility. As if it is happening in real time.

The advanced skillset related to self-care is to conjure up the vision, create the emotional state, and rest there. Rest in the emotional state of possibility. It feels so good.  

Practical uses of the Visual Working Memory are to recognize it in relationship to others: others don’t share your vision. In circumstances where there is an assumed power differential (adults and children), to paint a picture with words or to use visual supports, can develop the child’s Visual Working Memory and create better flow in communication. Think: following directions.

Understanding VWM is one thing. The skillset is independent of moral and ethical considerations. This is where orienting yourself to the why? and then what? , as well as to win-win energy and the autonomy of one’s unique development, strengths, interests, skillsets, is where healthy outcomes live. The broader understanding allows for intentional use of the skillset to contribute to greater good and sustainable outcomes, rather than to intentionally manipulate others to buy what you are selling. IfyaknowwhutImean.

The use of inner resources to manipulate others suggests a worldview or paradigm that believes others need to be controlled and behave a particular way in order for life to be ‘good’. not true.